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I Love Time Travel Even if it is Impossible

July 18, 2011

As a writer, time travel is an irresistible phenomena.  The possibilities are endless in a story, even if it is impossible in reality.  And when I say “impossible,” I don’t mean ‘we’ll never have the technology,’ I mean it is impossible because there is nowhere to go.

I know what the scientists say, but sorry, just like there aren’t infinite universes out there, there is no ‘time stream’ (and they laugh at Christians because we believe in God.  Better God than Schoedinger’s cat).  All that exists EVER is NOW.  There is no past beyond our memories and there is no physical “future.”

That’s normally where I lose people.

Okay, contemporary conception of time is that “time” is a river and “now” is a boat on that river (Michael Chrichton postulated bubbles side-by-side, but you can’t listen to writers… my own postulate of time travel consists of stripping coded chronotons from a person or object and reapplying chrono-codes of a previous or future date.  Writers have dozens of other concepts, I’m sure, but we’re talking about reality).  Through some means probably requiring the power of a hundred suns, the idea is, if you could get out of the boat and insert yourself somewhere else in the river, you just time traveled.

Poppycock.

The time stream requires the past be physically stored somewhere.  It’s not, because we have the wrong concept of time.

We believe time is a measure of duration, but it’s really a measure of entropy.  The idea of Space/Time isn’t bad in that it says time and space are one thing.  That is correct.  Time isn’t a stream, it is a universe, and the universe is decaying.  That decay is what we perceive as time (there is ebb and flow in the decay; children grow, hit maturation and begin to go down hill, but even as they grow, cells are dying).  There is only NOW.

This is a good thing, since imagine the time traveler who sets his way-back machine to, say, 33 A.D. thinking he’ll get to witness the truth about Christ, but OOPS, he ends up in space instead, since the planet was a bazillion miles away from where it is now.

Further, this truth reveals there is no free will.  Physical laws affect decay as surely as experience and biology affect every single decision we make.  There is an illusion of free will and the passage of “time” but that’s all it is.  Illusion.

And this is why I wish I had pursued math all those years ago so I could have been the physicist I wanted to be so I could explain these things without giving myself a headache.

 

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